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9 July, 2018 16:55

July 9, 2018

I recently received an email from a friend who I considered a father in the faith. The email cautioned against a trend within a few Charismatic circles toward what some consider as astral projection or out of body experiences. I wholeheartedly agreed that this is a dangerous area to pursue. To me there is little point is travelling to where you already are; ‘seated with Him in heavenly places.’

What really troubled me about this man’s email was the statement made at the end of the article he forwarded. Here is what was written.

‘Astral Projection is not a practice supported by the Holy Scriptures, and yet is a practice supported by a wide swath of the Occult, which is the Father of modern day Charismaticism.’

This blatantly biased assumption that the Charismatic movement was fathered by the occult, is tantamount to blaspheming the Holy Spirit. We certainly know who fathered the occult and that is the devil. But to suggest the devil is the father of the charismatic movement goes way beyond the pale. After checking into the site promoting this material I found that the writer has come out against just about every major leader in the Body of Christ, including some leading evangelicals.

Now while I applaud those who seriously seek to defend the faith I can’t stomach those who ‘whip before they weep.’ You recall the passage in Luke chapter nine where the disciples wanted to call down fire from heaven on those who did not receive Jesus. Jesus however turned to His disciples and rebuked them saying, “You do not know what kind of spirit you are of; for the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.” What especially disturbs me about these doctrinally correct individuals is that they can ‘strain out a gnat but swallow a camel’ and think nothing of it. Jesus said if you have something against your brother first go to your brother etc. They happily swallow this camel and then nit pick some minor issue they don’t see eye to eye on.

Some of the most helpful words of wisdom I ever read, came from the writings of Dr. G. Campbell Morgan in his book ‘The Letters Of Our Lord.’ In the first chapter dealing with the Church of Ephesus he wrote the following.

‘Is it more than likely that their very opposition to false men and doctrine partook of the nature of lack of love? I would speak very cautiously at this point, for the Lord commended these things, and they were right, but I am quite sure that there may be right things done in a wrong spirit. I seldom find men strenuously fighting what they are pleased to call heterodox teaching, and in bitter language denouncing false doctrine, without being more afraid for the men denouncing than for the men denounced. There is an anger against impurity which is impure. There is a zeal for orthodoxy, which is most unorthodox. There is a spirit that contends for faith, which is in conflict with faith. If men have lost their first love, they will do more harm than good by their defense of the faith. Behind the denunciation of sin there must always be the tenderness of first love if that denunciation is not to become evil in its bitterness. Behind the zeal for truth there must always be the spaciousness of first love if that zeal is not to become narrowed into hate. There have been men who have become so self-centred in a narrowness that they are pleased to designate as holding the truth that the very principle for which they contend has been excluded from their life and service. All zeal for the Master that is not the outcome of love to Him is worthless.’

By the way I appealed to my friend about my concerns; but he has failed to respond to my email or correct what he was promoting. This is a sad day indeed for the Church. We desperately need true fathers. Men who know how to weep before they whip!

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  1. July 14, 2018 4:37 pm

    I am so thankful for you David. Knowing how to weep before we whip is a very important thing to be mindful these days. So many are pulling out whips and less are weeping these days it seems. Such a sad commentary. May the Lord help us.

    I also have a few question after reading this…

    Could all this be about the enemy’s interest in corrupting the things of God instead of the other way around?

    If I am praying deeply and I find myself having a vision, a dream, or being caught up in the Spirit to a place that I can only describe as not on this earthly realm. Am I astral projecting? Or am I catching a glimpse of “Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done, On Earth As It Is In Heaven”?

    If I am pursuing the word of God, pouring over it, pondering it deeply, letting it wash over me, allowing it to reach into the deepest parts of my soul. Am I doing New Age practices? Or am I seeking to live “Oh How Love I The Law, It Is My Meditation Day And Night?

    Could speaking in tongues look like I am a demoniac, could laying hands on the sick believing in healing look like I am a witch doctor, I can only imagine what nasty words raising the dead would be called in certain circles.

    It is the enemy who is the one who is known to deceive, twist, steal, destroy, usurp, etc. There is nothing of God that the enemy doesn’t try to corrupt. Isn’t this the whole reason that God judges our hearts instead of our actions?

    Man can look perfect on the outside and be evil on the inside, and also man can look pretty evil on the outside and be pure on the inside. I think that someone should get to know Dave Hayes (The man your friend is talking about) before they should cast stones at him. I don’t know him well, but I have spoken to him, and as it is so far… I find him very sincere in his walk with God.

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